Mckie's Gazetteer: A Local History of BritainPaperback
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- Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 640 pages
- Dimensions: 166mm x 228mm x 50mm | 1,120g
- Publication date: 1 August 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1848874421
- ISBN 13: 9781848874428
- Illustrations note: Illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,471,468
McKie's Gazetteer takes its readers on a journey through the hidden history of Great Britain. From Castle Dangerous in South Lanarkshire to Defiance Platform in Cornwall, David McKie relates the anecdotes and arguments, heroes and villains that comprise Britain's rich local history. Read of the tragic demise of Mr Marvell (Andrew's father) in the Humber; discover where the only Knockin Shop in the country remains open; or wonder at the tale of Sir William the Kent Messiah, who, armed with two pistols, a sword and a bugle, claimed that he was the reincarnation of Christ and then murdered the local plumber wielding his warrant for arrest. David McKie's search for Britain's best-kept secrets will entertain and enthral in equal measure.
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David McKie was deputy editor of the Guardian from 1975 to 1984 and wrote both its 'Smallweed' and 'Elsewhere' columns. His book Jabez: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian Rogue was shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Award and the Saga Award for Wit. Great British Bus Journeys: Travels through Unfamous Places was published by Atlantic Books in 2006.
"Glorious . . . cherishable and unusual." —Daily Telegraph